Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Lakewood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Lakewood Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Concussion Evaluation & Testing
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Fitness
  • Fitness And Nutrition As Part Of The Orthopaedic Treatment Plan
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Injection
  • Knee Injections
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Management Of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Prevention And Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Student Health
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Dance Injuries
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger and De Quervain's Disease
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Wrist Sprain
View all 59 Specialties +


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About Marie Schaefer, MD

Marie Schaefer, MD is a staff physician with appointments in both the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Medicine Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine with a specialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She works primarily in the Center for Sports Health and serves as the Head Team Physician and NCAA Health Care Administrator for Cleveland State University.

She is from Parma, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University prior to attending Yale School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University and completed a pediatric and adult Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She is also the team physician of Lakewood High School and the Verb Ballets company.

Dr. Schaefer enjoys working with athletes and active people of all ages in injury treatment and prevention. She has specialty training in working with pediatric athletes including concussion management.  Her specialty interests include non-operative management of orthopaedic conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, tendon or ligament conditions, and management of medical problems in sports.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Family Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Politics and Government
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine - Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/14/2020, Dr. Schaefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

208 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

it is very easy working with Dr. Schaefer and her office. The only issue was confusion as to which location my appointment was supposed to be. Once realized, they went above and beyond fitting me in her schedule.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Exceptional. Dr. Schaefer is a great listener as well as a great teacher. She is very patient-centered making sure to do a through exam and she had reviewed the chart throughly and ask great questions to fully understand the injury and history.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

The doctor was phenomenal

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr Schaefer is amazing-she asked great questions to get to the root of my ankle issue and eeven asked how it affected my other joints. she was very thorough!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Doctor was thorough and excellent in listening about and assessing injury

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Dr schafier is kind ,caring and confident in her ability to treat me. Her expertise has maintained my ability to get relief of pain.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. M. Schaefer is providing an excellent medical care for me; and am very happy. Have seen a great improvement in my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Schaefer and her assistant worked seamlessly together. The whole visit was positive and supportive.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Again..another doctor demonstrating the Excellence of the Cleveland Clinic. Marie is thourough, caring, and knowlegeable...Thank you Cleveland Clinic. Your staff is exceptional...

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Dr Schaffer is one of the best in her chosen field

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Schaefer is absolutely the best provider I have ever had. She's very passionate and expresses care towards her patient. Thank you Dr. Schaefer; you rock!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

It was a good experience. I am a senior & appreciate not having to go to the doctor's office, for a follow up

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr Schaefer is just wonderful! She truly cares & makes me feel that I am more than just a job to her!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr Marie Schaefer is amazing! So glad I was able to see her. Feeling do much better ! yay!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr Marie Schaefer is amazing! I feel so much better !

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Shaffer was very thorough and experienced. She came up with and communicated a good plan for us to move forward.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Shaefer was one of the kindest and informative doctors I've ever encountered. She treated me with respect and answered all of my questions. It's so important to sense that exact sincerity and and honest caring in a visit to your doctor. She is a true asset to the Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Schaefer is one of the best doctors I've ever had the pleasure to visit. Only qualm from this visit was the check-in process while entering the facility, where it did not work and nearly made me late for/miss my appointment. I realize the troubles COVID-19 has caused albeit.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

when MD saw how upset I became at poss thought of MRI she said she would try something else

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

It always a pleasure to see Dr Schaefer and her staff. It is like coming to see a friend. Definitely would recomend

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Schaefer was extremely courteous, attentive, knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

The Dr. and her assistant were very patient and very thorough in examining and explaining what they were doing.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Appreciated all the safe covid19 practices; from safe distances at the entrance, the check in station and the waiting room area. Everyone in the building was courteous when reminding me where to stand and when to proceed. I felt safe coming to this facility. When I met with Dr. Schaeffer, she was practicing safe distances, mask and used hand sanitizer before and after my examination of my shoulder. She explained my current problem with my shoulder joint and eased my concern that the problems I had last year did not return and was not as serious. I just needed a shot and do exercises. I was so relieved that it was not a locked joint !!! At the end, I received a complete report of my visit and instruction for future attention that I needed. Thanks so much for such a great experience.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr. Schaeffer explained her diagnosis as she was performing the tests on my shoulder. She compared my current condition with my visits last year and eased my mind that it was not as bad but just sprained. I was glad I made this appointment and received this good news. She recommended treatment and I was glad that I followed up with her this year.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

OK, I've never really looked forward to a doctor visit, but seeing Dr. Schaefer is always an uplifting and affirming time. She's a breath of fresh air.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr. Schaefer and her team were exceptional.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Really impressed w Dr. Schaefer!

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr Schaefer is wonderful - caring and patient.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

the dr met all of my needs

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

dr. Maria Schaeffer was wonderful. I would highly recommend her

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Dr Schaefer has always been very thorough. Her office called to make my next appointment.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Dr Schaefer's was very kind. She listened to all I had to say about my issue. The examination was focused & very thorough. She explained everything to me & answered any questions I had. She also explained the course of treatment for my issue. I never felt rushed and she put my mind at ease.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Marie Schaffer is not only an excellent physician but a caring and kind human being with compassion for her patient's needs.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

the doctor was very understanding and helpful when it came to my injury. She was very kind when talking to her over the phone. I do not like to go to the doctors, but it was a great experience

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020


Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Dr. Shaefer was a very professional and charming easy to talk with truly caring about your health

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Schaefer has always been very professional, and kind. When she has to deliver bad news, she does it very gently. She is a very compassionate person, and I have recommended her to everyone I know. She is one of the few people that I emphatically hold in the highest regard.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Schaefer was most helpful in assessing my posture problems.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I highly recommend Dr. Schaeffer

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Doctor Shafer is a very caring and concerning physician

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

great front desk person and the Doctor us fabulous

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Schaefer was very good. She explained everything and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

This doctor had a great re pore with me. She was kind considerate and answered my concerns. I actually felt better when I left.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I don't believe in yes people because how do you know it they are sincere. Dr Schaefer and answered all mhmy concerns/questions.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Excellent service and care by Dr. Schaefer

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